The Business Desk

  • February 14, 2012   BY Paul Solman  

    By Elizabeth Shell A new college grad’s guide for what to do after earning that higher education degree: Buy a suit Find a job Start saving for retirement Move back home with mom and dad Wait, move back home? Yes, … Continue reading

  • February 13, 2012   BY Paul Solman  

    A euro sign sculpture stands in front of European Central Bank (ECB) headquarters in Frankfurt, Germany. Photo via Getty Images. By Paul Solman and Elizabeth Shell. Follow all of NewsHour’s coverage of the eurozone financial crisis here. The 17-country monetary … Continue reading

  • February 10, 2012   BY Paul Solman  

    Social Security cards. Photo via Wikimedia Commons. Paul Solman answers questions from the NewsHour audience on business and economic news here on his Making Sen$e page. Here’s Friday’s query: Gwynn Pealer: I thought I understood Social Security, but all this … Continue reading

  • February 9, 2012   BY Paul Solman  

    Graphic by the PBS NewsHour, based on the cover of “The Spirit Level.” Paul Solman answers questions from the NewsHour audience on business and economic news here on his Making Sen$e page. Here’s Thursday’s query: John Naghshineh: Mr. Solman, could … Continue reading

  • February 8, 2012   BY Paul Solman  

    Photo by foreverdigital via Flickr. Paul Solman answers questions from the NewsHour audience on business and economic news here on his Making Sen$e page. Here’s Wednesday’s query: John Feuille: Most of us have played Monopoly. You set up the board, … Continue reading

  • February 7, 2012   BY Paul Solman  

    The Arsos container ship is unloaded at the Port of Miami in Florida; Photo by Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images. Marc Whitehead sends the follow-up question below after reading Paul’s thoughts on tariffs from early January: If we put a … Continue reading

  • February 6, 2012   BY Paul Solman  

    Standard & Poor’s Headquarters in Lower Manhattan. Photo by B64 via Wikimedia Commons. Paul Solman answers questions from the NewsHour audience on business and economic news here on his Making Sen$e page. Here are a trio of queries for Monday: … Continue reading

  • February 3, 2012   BY Paul Solman  

    Recruiter Esther Aranza reviews job seeker Andrew Jack Jr.’s resume during a career fair in Texas. Photo by Aaron M. Sprecher/Bloomberg via Getty Images. By Paul Solman and Elizabeth Shell. The unemployment rate continued to trend downward Friday, reaching 8.3 … Continue reading

  • February 2, 2012   BY Paul Solman  

    Photo by Matthew Staver/Bloomberg via Getty Images. More signs that the U.S. economy may not be headed into a strong recovery just yet: unemployment was at 8.6 percent in January, with underemployment up to 18.7 percent. But wait a minute. … Continue reading

  • February 1, 2012   BY Paul Solman  

    NewsHour image by Vanessa Dennis. Sources: State Department, USAID. Paul Solman answers questions from the NewsHour audience on business and economic news here on his Making Sen$e page. Here’s Wednesdays query: John E. Tucker asks: Could reducing U.S foreign aid … Continue reading